PCOS, Type 2 Diabetes, Lichen Sclerosus, Scaring Alopecia, Eczema Part 1
Back In Feb of 2007
(Editor's note: This is an extraordinary story from Lena Marie. It's quite long so it will be in four parts, spaced a few days apart. After reading the full story, you'll understand what some women are really going through. Most people have no clue what you are going through. This is a story of struggle, victories, heartbreak and frustration. I believe Lena Marie is closer than she thinks to "turning a corner" and getting what she wants in her life. I will have some comments to contribute later on in her story. Part 1 of her story starts below.)
Since the age of 10 I have been having my period. It wasn't irregular really until age 16. That time in my life I couldn't raise a child the way I thought it would need so I decided to have an abortion.
I was living in Las Vegas at the time and after the abortion I bled for like 30 days, heavy at first and then light spotting. After the 30 days of bleeding I started my first and last period on my own without the help of birth control or some kind of drug from the dr.
I had such a hard time with the abortion I prayed not to ever be put in this situation again. I did not have sex of any kind for a while.
I am not from Las Vegas and only lived down there a few months. When I came back to Seattle, WA I followed up with the doctors at the hospital I had been going to for years.
When I went back for a follow up they just basically wanted to put me on birth control so I wouldn't get pregnant again, but that isn't want I wanted. I knew I wasn't going to get pregnant alone so if I did need it I would come in for it. They didn't tell me I needed to have a period or nothing. They never brought it up again and I just thought it was own kind of birth control. I was thinking if I had no period then I couldn't get pregnant.
After my 23rd birthday (Jan) I was at school and felt like I was going to pass out.
My boyfriend came and got me and took me to the hospital and there I found out I was a diabetic and my blood sugar was 575.
I was told I was a Type 1 diabetic and I would be on insulin the rest of my life.
Shortly after that (about a week) I got my first period that I have had on my own without any birth control.
I ate what I was supposed to and went to school.
When I was told I was a diabetic I was 325 lb and about 6 weeks or 2 months later I was down to 276.
I was scared because I lost so much weight so fast. I was having low blood sugars and was scared to go to sleep at night. I took myself off the insulin and checked my sugar 3 times a day and only took metformin. My sugars for the next few weeks were in control. I was feeling good, my sugar was low, losing weight, and had lots more energy.
I started to notice maybe 5-6 months earlier my hair was coming out but when I told everybody (doctors, family, friends, and boyfriend) they thought I was crazy so I left it alone.
Now it’s April and I got in a car accident and that’s when everything changed.
I couldn't go to school for a while and stayed in the house for a few weeks.
I ate one piece of candy and took my blood sugar about an hour later and no change. Then it started to be different foods. When I realized I could eat sugar and my sugar didn't go high. I thought I was cured (Oh, but I wasn't).
I was stressed out because of the car accident and had to quit school because of too many missing in class assignments and so on.
My hair was coming out more now to where people could see it, I was getting more hair on my face, less hair on my private area, eczema breakouts (On my face, back, and chest). I was just going thru it.
To be continued…